“This album chronicles the end of one of those long, meaningful relationships that mark a departure from the safety of being attached to someone to the chaos of being on your own,” Nicole Mercedes says of her compelling sophomore LP, Look Out Where You’re Going, due out from the multi-instrumentalist in April.
Collaborating with producer Joe Rogers (Laura Stevenson, Rubblebucket, Deer Tick’s Andy T, etc.), and mostly recorded in her bedroom, Mercedes has achieved that elusive coexistence of brain-staining tunefulness and hauntingly evocative aura – the stuff of long afternoons gazing through rainy panes, or the throbbing craving for even temporary escape.
First single “Stoop” aptly ushers in Look Out Where You’re Going, its insistent pulse, lurking synths, and recurring guitar figures all foils for Mercedes’ subtly aching delivery and sex-positive attitude. “[It’s] about those summer nights in the city, when all you want is anyone to distract you,” she said. “To sit out on your stoop with you, drink some wine, maybe make out, and then leave just as easily.”
A timely reference to the use of social media to air-brush our lives, bittersweet second single “Filters”, due in March, finds melody in melancholy amid quasi-orchestral swells and wistful guitar. “A song about forcing yourself to go out when you know should probably stay in,” Mercedes explained.
An international artist with ambiguous roots, Mercedes laces her lyrics with self-awareness and feminism by osmosis rather than overt proclamation, attaining – like all great storytellers – wide-reaching resonance through personal recollections and realizations. Look Out Where You’re Going wraps all this in disarmingly potent dream-pop distinguished by restrained arrangements, nuanced sound design, and Mercedes’ gauzy, utterly authentic timbre.
BROOKLYN-BASED DREAM-POP SONGWRITER + MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST
SHARES SINGLE, “STOOP,” THAT IS NOT ABOUT LOVE
AND ANNOUNCES HER SOPHOMORE ALBUM
LOOK OUT WHERE YOU’RE GOING
DUE OUT IN APRIL 2020
SINGLE RELEASE SHOW IN NYC ON 2/15 AT BROADWAY
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Brooklyn-based dream-pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nicole Mercedes, shares the debut single, “Stoop,” from her sophomore album, Look Out Where You’re Going, due out in April 2020. Yes, it is Valentine’s Day and no, this song isn’t about love.
Mercedes tells Atwood Magazine about the meaning of the track, saying:
“This is a song about embracing the feeling of loneliness, about those summer nights where all you’re looking for is a distraction, and a rotating door of friends and strangers to drink with, talk with, make out with. The stoop is my favorite place to do that because things are constantly happening around you and you can kind of just sit there drinking some wine in your slippers, passively being a part of the landscape.”
The forthcoming album is a collaboration with producer Joe Rogers (Rubblebucket, Andy T [of Deer Tick], Laura Stevenson). Mercedes is responsible for all compositions and arrangements on the LP, and with the help of Rogers, has created a sound that is perfectly pop and haunting all at once. Catchy synth-heavy melodies are coupled with cutting lyrics that can be easily missed and add a depth to the delicate tracks.
Join Nicole Mercedes for her “Stoop” single release party this Saturday, February 15, at Broadway in Brooklyn, NY. You may recognize Mercedes’s face and talent from her previous projects, Debbie Downer and Flocke, but get ready for a whole new era of lush, cinematic, sex-positive, feminist, self-aware songs.
NICOLE MERCEDES 2020 TOUR DATES
2/15 – Broadway – Brooklyn, NY